In the round-up: Martin Whitmarsh says Jenson Button will stay with McLaren in 2012.
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Martin Whitmarsh: “I can guarantee you that he will be with us next year. We both want to work together for a long period of time. It’s a non-issue.”
Christian Horner: “I think we’ve earned respect in the pit-lane. We don’t disrespect or underestimate the achievements of our peers, but we’re very much focused about what happens on the circuit.”
Paul Hembery: “I think in a race like Monza, because of the high speed, it can create issues with blistering. So we would be prudent to ask for it to be maintained and enforced. That is something we will have to talk to the FIA about tonight.”
“It’s a serious issue and it needs to be resolved. And the teams need to receive the appropriate reassurance to be able to go to India.”
“There were some concerns about the range of movement he might have prior to the most recent operation on his right elbow. But having gained full mobility as a result of the intervention, neurosurgeons now say the way is clear for him to recover.”
“Everybody thinks Bruno [Senna] came with a bunch of money, which is wrong, obviously. The only link was Embratel. Yes, Embratel was a personal sponsor of Bruno and this is clearly linked to Bruno. This is clear, nothing to hide. The two others, or the three others actually, are not related to Bruno.”
Peter Sauber: “I think our problem is the hot-blowing diffuser, the hot-blowing exhaust. That’s our problem. The system doesn’t work very well and then we stopped the whole development around Barcelona as in this time, not only us, we had the opinion that it will be forbidden from Silverstone onwards.”
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Comment of the day
I’ve seen more reports from readers who say they’ve encountered restrictions on using certain cameras at races. This from cdowding who went to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:
SLR and D-SLR cameras are not allowed (or anything that resembles a D-SLR) but small compacts are allowed. This is something that is put in place by the concert organisers. If you have one of the cameras above there are ‘camera cloakrooms’ you can leave them whilst you attend the concerts.
From the forum
We’ve had the best circuit map spotted in an unusual place so far. Can anyone shed any light?
On this day in F1
Tragedy struck at Monza 50 years ago today. Wolfgang von Trips and 15 spectators were killed following a crash on the second lap of the race.
An article on this tragic point in F1 history will be published here late today.
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